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Vizor Simplifies FATCA and AEOI Reporting Obligations for Tax Authorities

Ottawa, Canada (PRWEB) January 22, 2015

Vizor, the leading regulatory supervision software provider, today introduced new features that help Tax Authorities meet their Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) obligations as well as provide support for Automated Exchange of Information (AEOI) with one, out of the box solution. Chief among these is the ability to automatically exchange information with the 98 other jurisdictions becoming operational in 2016 and beyond.

“The US is just the first jurisdiction requiring Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to report client account information, similar laws are already being passed in China, the U.K. and in other countries all over the world” said Conor Crowley, Managing Director and Co founder of Vizor, the provider of Vizor for FATCA & AEOI. “Tax Authorities that do not implement a fully-automated technical solution to comply with the OECD’s global standard for AEOI are going to find themselves continually pulled away from their primary functions, and spending more and more money, as system maintenance quickly becomes overwhelming.”

Vizor for FATCA and AEOI Feature Highlights:

Financial Institution self-registration and account creation.
Tax Authority monitoring and approval workflow for Financial Institution registration.
Financial Institution upload facility for FATCA and CRS data in XML format, as well as manual data entry via web forms for smaller and less sophisticated FIs.
Extensive validation of FATCA and CRS data, including validation against XML schema, validation against account information, GIIN validation, and many additional business rules such as those specified in the “FATCA XML version 1.1 User Guide”.
Configuration options for running in “fully automated” mode so that little or no manual interaction with the system is required for the Tax Authority.
Localization support including right to left languages such as Arabic.
Integration with existing data, such as a domestic taxpayer database to enable record matching.

New Features Provide Significant Benefits to Tax Authorities:

Meet Commitments: Meet FATCA and future AEOI commitments with one, out-of-the-box solution.
Reduce Costs: Vizor for FATCA is a cost-effective solution for Tax Authorities – most solutions built in-house significantly underestimate scope, cost, and complexity.
Save Time: Vizor’s solution can be implemented quickly and efficiently allowing Tax Authorities to easily meet FATCA timelines and deadlines.
Peace of Mind: Vizor Software is proven, secure and trusted technology, implemented across the globe for the collection of highly sensitive data from Financial Institutions.
Operational Efficiency: The Vizor solution can operate in a ‘fully automated mode’ requiring minimal manual intervention, guaranteeing resources are free to focus on core business priorities.

Vizor also offers a free, live, online, tailored demonstration of the software. To learn more about Vizor for FATCA & AEOI and review all of the new features, visit the Vizor website, and follow Vizor on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Vizor

Since 2000 Vizor Software has been the standard for financial regulatory technology. Leading the way in regulatory supervision software, Vizor is trusted by Central Banks and Financial Regulators from around the globe for the collection and validation of highly complex data from Financial Institutions. Serving the needs of financial regulators in more than 20 countries, Vizor is a trusted partner of large consulting firms and leading XBRL toolset providers. Employing a collaborative, agile approach to implementing regulatory solutions, Vizor simplifies and strengthens financial regulation systems. You can learn more and visit Vizor at or by following Vizor on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.

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The Stephen Frederick Agency Inaugurates Charity Program In Austin, TX, And Debuts With Campaign Providing Medical Care For Animals Rescued From the City Kill Shelter

Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 10, 2015

The Stephen Frederick Agency in Austin, TX announced the debut of its charity program designed to benefit the local community. The agency will work closely with nonprofit organizations in the area, to nominate a new beneficiary every 60 days. The idea is to create a campaign to help the elected causes or programs with immediate support by bringing awareness to those very important issues.

To launch the program, Stephen Frederick, the agency’s principal, has chosen to introduce Save Your 4-Legged Friends. The campaign’s mission is to provide animals with medical care, such as spray/neuter, deworming, microchip and vaccinations, to ensure they remain healthy and adoptable.

“So many animals end up abandoned or neglected in our community… We want to mobilize our neighbors, friends and family to help keep them in good health so they can have another chance to bring joy, love and happiness to new families,” said Frederick.

Each new cause showcased by the agency will accompany a detailed full story about the elected cause on a designated donations page. To join The Stephen Frederick Agency in supporting Save Your 4-Legged Friends, donors are encouraged to visit the campaign page, at, and share it with their friends and family through social media and email.

With the newly launched program, The Stephen Frederick Agency takes responsibility for promoting that page through its many channels, to include its own database of thousands of customers, business partners, staff, neighbors and friends.

The agency also owns a monthly publication, Our Hometown magazine, which reserves a full page featuring the campaign of the chosen cause. The electronic Flipbook version of the current issue of the magazine can be accessed here:

More information about the agency’s initiative and services can be found at

About The Stephen Fredrick Agency

As a Personal Finance Representative in Austin, agency owner, Stephen Frederick, knows many local families. His knowledge and understanding of the people in his community help provide customers with an outstanding level of service. Stephen and his team look forward to helping families protect the things that are important – family, home, car and more. They can also help clients prepare a strategy to achieve their financial goals. To contact an expert at the Stephen Frederick Agency, call (512) 354.4985.

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Lucas Group Associate Elected As Director Of Texas SHRM

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Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 11, 2015

Mike Kahn, Executive Senior Partner for leading recruiting firm Lucas Group, was recently elected as Director of the Texas Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world’s largest HR membership organization devoted to human resource management, and Texas SHRM represents 33 local Chapters and approximately 19,000 SHRM members throughout the state. Affiliated with SHRM global, the purpose of Texas SHRM is to support and promote the HR professional and the HR profession.

“SHRM is the leading global organization for human resource professionals and provides an excellent network for some of the top performers in the industry,” said Aram Lulla, General Manager of the Human Resources Practice at Lucas Group. “We are proud to have Mike serve as Director of Texas SHRM and represent not only the organization’s Texas members but Lucas Group as well.”

Kahn became involved with SHRM in 1984 with the local chapter in Houston. He later became the youngest ever President of the Houston Chapter for 1992-1993. As Director of Texas SHRM, Kahn represents the approximately 19,000 members throughout Texas.

“One of the most experienced HR professionals in the industry, Mike’s expertise and knowledge is unparalleled. SHRM could not have elected a more dedicated professional to lead its Texas operations,” said Lulla.

Kahn has more than 22 years of experience in Human Resources and has been recruiting HR professionals since 2006. He joined Lucas Group in 2009 as Executive Senior Partner in the Human Resources Division of the Houston office. Specializing in recruiting for all professional HR positions including Employee Relations, Staffing, Training, Learning & Organizational Development, Talent Acquisition, Compensation and Benefits, Kahn has proven to be invaluable to the Lucas Group team, especially within the Houston office.

With seven practice groups and offices across the United States, Lucas Group offers national reach combined with expert, localized search. Lucas Group’s more than 300 executive recruiters specialize in Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Sales & Marketing, Manufacturing and Military Transition.

About Lucas Group

Lucas Group is North America’s premier executive search firm. Since 1970, our culture and methodologies have driven superior results. We assist clients ranging in size from small to medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies find transcendent, executive talent; candidates fully realize their ambitions; and associates find professional success. To learn more, please visit Lucas Group at and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Continued growth witnessed by ethical nutrition market since 2008; infant formula segment to dominate with 54.5% share by 2019

(PRWEB) February 06, 2015

Wellesley, Mass., February 6, 2015 – BCC Research ( reveals in its new report on ethical nutrition that the increasing numbers of adults requiring ethical nutritional therapy and the rising opportunities in the rest of world markets has created a renewed interest in this market. In fact, this market has continued to grow despite the economic downturn and uneven recovery since 2008.

In 2014, the market reached $ 37.1 billion at manufacturers’ sales levels. The developing number of elderly and critically ill, along with a shift toward home care and increasing inroads into developing countries has continued to fuel growth. By 2019, it is anticipated that revenues will likely reach $ 58.2 billion, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4%. The infant formula segment will account for approximately 54.5% of total revenues by 2019.

The global market for ethical nutrition in healthcare is distinguished by the infant formula market, the enteral formula market, and the parenteral formula market. “Even though there are different products and methods distinguishing each category, the common thread they all share is to provide nutrition,” says BCC Research analyst Mary Anne Crandall. “The impact of managed care and demand for cost-effective healthcare dramatically has changed the structure of this market and has altered significantly the strategies that companies use to survive and succeed.”

U.S. and Global Markets for Ethical Nutrition in Healthcare identifies products and manufacturers that are operating in the market and analyzes the changing environment of ethical nutrition. Issues and trends that are shaping the market are addressed, along with future trends and opportunities in ethical nutrition.

Editors and reporters who wish to speak with the analyst should contact Steven Cumming at steven.cumming(at)bccresearch(dot)com.

About BCC Research

BCC Research publishes market research reports that make organizations worldwide more profitable with intelligence that drives smart business decisions. These reports cover today’s major industrial and technology sectors, including emerging markets. For more than 40 years we’ve helped customers identify new market opportunities with accurate and reliable data and insight, including market sizing, forecasting, industry overviews, and identification of significant trends and key market participants. We partner with analysts who are experts in specific areas of industry and technology, providing unbiased measurements and assessments of global markets. Recently selected as the world’s greatest market research company, BCC Research is a unit of Eli Global, LLC. Visit our website at Contact us: (+1) 781-489-7301 (U.S. Eastern Time), or email information(at)bccresearch(dot)com.

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Miss Mardi Gras Drag Queen Pageant Finds Their King and Grand Marshall for Big Event Organized by CMJ Productions and Downtown Dunedin Merchant’s Association

Dunedin Mardi Gras will host its Miss Mardi Gras Pageant at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin.

Tampa Bay, FL (PRWEB) February 05, 2015

It is the time of year again for the annual Miss Mardi Gras Pageant, a night full of big wigs, glamour and evening gowns. Female impersonators from around the area will gather to compete for the title of Miss Mardi Gras Queen. Coming up on its 24 year run, this pageant was created by Bob Moore of Kelly’s, Chica-a-boom Room, and Blur Nightclub in Dunedin to add a new element to their yearly event: the Dunedin Mardi Gras.

Miss Mardi Gras is the longest running female impersonation pageant in Florida. While it is usually all about the queens, the rest of the royal line-up has been announced for CMJ’s big event. Dave Eggers, the former Mayor of Dunedin and current Pinellas County Commissioner, has been chosen as the King and escort for the Miss Mardi Gras Queen, while Chuck Henson from the local Bay News 9 team has been knighted the title of Grand Marshall. The winner of the Miss Mardi Gras pageant will ride in the Mardi Gras parade and also perform for guests after the parade ends. Other entertainment and activities after the parade include:

Performances from Applebutter Express, Nathan & the Zyedeco Cha Chas and more;
Jugglers, caricature artists and street performers;
Bands on three stages.

Blur Nightclub will be hosting the pageant on February 15 and locals can use this time to purchase VIP tickets for the parade that will be on February 17. The annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade is expecting thousands of both local and outside citizens to participate in the family-friendly festivities. With music starting at the Pioneer Park pavilion around 4 p.m., the parade sets off at 7:30 p.m. featuring over 50 unique floats while beads are being tossed from every angle into the crowd.

Additionally, several elected officials from other areas will ride in the parade to tie in with event’s “Tampa Bay’s Mardi Gras” inclusion effort. The Downtown Dunedin Merchant’s Association (DDMA) and City of Dunedin Commissioners will also be riding together on a float during the event.

The Miss Mardi Gras Pageant serves to promote Dunedin to a wide and diverse group of people. Guests of the parade and pageant are encouraged to book accommodations at host hotel Beso Del Sol Resort for ease of access to the event.

More information on the 24th Annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival is available at

About CMJ Productions:

Founded by Corey Judge, an event planner in Tampa Bay that has been has contributing to the economic impact of the area for 10 years, CMJ has created or co-created the area’s most popular events such as Dunedin’s Wines the Blues, Dunedin Mardi Gras, Taste of Dunedin, the Clear Music Jazz Series and Beauty Meets Art. CMJ’s purpose is to help people experience the vibrancy and fun of the Tampa Bay area while also enhancing the quality of life for those that live here.

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